HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that can lead to an AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) diagnosis. HIV affects the body’s immune system, eventually making it more vulnerable to diseases and infections. Without testing, HIV can go unnoticed for years in the body and cause damage. It is important to remember that there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there are effective treatments and the virus is preventable
The Best Ways to Prevent HIV Transmission are:
Use condoms every time you have sex. You can make condoms more pleasurable by:
Here at CAP and Pivot, we test for HIV antibodies using the Clearview Complete rapid test kit. Test results are ready in 15 minutes, and are over 99% accurate, and are completely confidential.
When someone becomes infected with HIV, the body produces antibodies to ¬fight off the virus. Most people (97%) will develop HIV antibodies within 3 months after infection. We call the gap between HIV infection, and the body’s response, the “Window Period”. Testing 3 months after your last risk for HIV is the best way to ensure an accurate test result.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) can increase your chances of becoming infected with, or transmitting HIV. Sores or inflammation associated with syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and herpes can increase the likelihood of transmitting HIV during sex (oral, vaginal and anal) by 2-5 times.
Testing regularly for common STDs - and getting treatment when you need it - can improve your overall health, and if you are HIV negative, reduce your risk for transmitting HIV. Pivot and Multnomah County Health Department offer free or low cost STD testing options weekly for men who have sex with men. Results are ready in two weeks. Free treatments are also available for you and your partners if you test positive for an STD.
Contact your local health department or the Oregon HIV/STD Hotline for additional information on where to access other STD testing options in your area.
There is not a vaccination for HIV yet, but there are vaccines for other sexually transmitted infections like Hepatitis A & B, and HPV. Getting vaccinated is a quick and easy way to protect yourself and your partner from unnecessary health complications.
Contact your local health department or the Oregon HIV/STD Hotline for information on where to access free or low-cost vaccinations.
Oregon HIV/STD Hotline - 800.777.2437
Apoyo Latino - 800.499.6940
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